High lift garage doors - installed, repaired, maintained
The high lift garage door
High lift garage doors can be a worthy investment for car lovers. High lift garage doors are mostly what they sound like! In the context of garage doors, "lift" refers to the height above the door opening that the garage door sits when it is fully open.
Residential garage doors use two tracks that are connected by a curved track. When the door is closed, it sits between the vertical tracks, and when the garage door is open, it rests on the horizontal tracks hanging from the ceiling. The radius of the curved track is what determines the lift of the door. The larger the radius of the circle, the higher the lift the garage door will have.
The standard circle radius for a curved garage door track is 12 inches. Most residential homes with garages have garage doors with standard lift. A low lift garage door will feature a curve with a radius of 10 inches, whereas a high lift garage door has a curve with a radius of 15 inches. The greater the circumference of the circle, the taller and gentler the curve is, producing a greater lift.
Benefits of a vertical lift garage door
A high lift garage door creates vertical space in your garage. Because the horizontal tracks are raised higher, there is more space underneath them to store items.
The most common reason people choose to install high lift garage doors in their homes is because a high lift garage door will enable the addition of a car lift. Sports car aficionados will be able to stack their cars for storage, doubling the space within the garage and protecting them from the elements. A car lift also enables tinkerers to easily and comfortably get underneath their cars. It's certainly much easier and more enjoyable to work on a car when you don't need to wriggle across the ground underneath!
Car lifts allow homeowners greater utility and flexibility when it comes to their cars. While they're not the solution for everyone, if this sounds like an appealing idea to you, you just might be the kind of person that could benefit from a high lift garage door.
Installing a high lift garage door in your home
Garage door installation is not the sort of home improvement task that should be handled by just anyone. Garage doors can be dangerous if improperly installed, so it's important to get the help of professionals if you are thinking about attempting this kind of renovation to your property.
Call us today to discuss how we may be able to help you. We specialize in garage door installation, repair, and maintenance, and we are pros when it comes to creating custom solutions for our customers. We want your garage to work for you, and we're always excited when we're able to help customers see their plans in action. Call us today and see what we can do for you!
Vertical lift garage door maintenance
The maintenance that a high lift garage door requires is not so different from the maintenance required by a regular garage door. Once a high lift garage door installation is complete, it will require regular maintenance to ensure that it is functioning at its best.
Periodically, you should check to make sure that your high lift garage door is lifting and lowering the way that it should be. When the garage door is fully lowered, it should form a tight seal all the way across. If it does not raise and lower evenly, or it does not seal, you may need to have it adjusted. While you might not think it's a big problem – what does an inch of open space matter in a garage? – ensuring that your garage door lifts and lowers evenly is vital to maintaining its integrity and ensuring its long life.
Your garage door should also raise and lower evenly, and be able to hold in a partially raised position. If your high lift garage door raises or lowers unevenly, or is unable to stay partially raised, you should call for professional services (such as those offered by Above & Beyond Garage Doors) to rectify this potentially hazardous situation.
Lubrication, and why it's important
Garage doors, and especially high lift garage doors, will occasionally require lubrication in order to keep them working at peak condition. If you notice that your high lift garage door does not raise or lower smoothly, or if you hear squeaking, grinding, banging, groaning, or screeching sounds when your high lift garage door is in motion, this indicates that your high lift garage door is in need of serious lubrication.
Lubrication allows the rollers to move smoothly and freely along the garage door track. It prevents friction, which is a leading factor in wear on high lift garage doors. Your high lift garage door has a number of areas where lubrication is necessary: The springs, rollers, tracks and hinges all require routine lubrication. Each of these elements is made of metal. Without lubrication, the friction will create wear spots on the metal, which can contribute to early break-downs of your high lift garage door. When your high lift garage door is in need of lubrication, you will hear it as well. The sounds of metal rubbing against metal are hard to mistake.
You can lubricate the working parts of your high lift garage door by yourself, but if you're ever not sure about what to do, it's important to call in a professional. You don't want to risk accidentally damaging your garage door, and improper do-it-yourself maintenance could actually create a dangerous situation.
How to perform routine maintenance on your high lift garage door
In order to perform routine maintenance on your high lift garage door, there are a few areas you should focus on:
- Tracks: You don't need to oil the tracks. However, you do need to ensure that they are clean and free or dirt or debris that could impede the roller's movement along them. Use a soft, damp cloth to clean along the length of the tracks.
- Rollers: The way you care for the rollers of your high lift garage door will depend on the material they're made of. If your high lift garage door employs nylon rollers, you do not want to oil the rollers themselves. The nylon already glides smoothly across the metal tracks, and oil can actually cause the nylon material to break down. With nylon rollers, lubricate the inner bearings, but wipe away any excess oil from the nylon. If your high lift garage door uses metal rollers, you can lubricate the whole element, wheels and bearings included. When you do so, however, you do want to wipe off any excess lubricant. This way, you will avoid it dripping on the floor or your car.
- Hinges: Your high lift garage door depends on smoothly moving hinges in order to roll the door up and down. Similar to the rollers, the way you care for the hinges of your high lift garage door will depend on the material they're made of. If your high lift garage door uses plastic hinges, do not lubricate them. They are designed to move smoothly on their own, without outside intervention, and oil can actually break the plastic down in some cases. Ensure that plastic hinges are clean, however, by wiping them with a damp cloth and using a small tool to nudge out any debris that might be caught.
If your high lift garage door uses metal hinges, you'll want to periodically lubricate them at their pivot points. This will keep them in good working order and extend their life.
- Locks: If your high lift garage door has a lock on it, you will periodically need to lubricate the interior workings. If your key sticks, this is a sure sign that it's time to give the lock some care and attention. Add some lubricant to the interior of the lock, then turn the key back and forth in the lock several times to distribute the lubricant evenly throughout the lock's interior mechanism.
After you've cleaned and lubricated the moving parts of your high lift garage door, raise and lower it several times. This serves two purposes. Firstly, it will help to distribute the lubricant evenly across and throughout the mechanisms. Secondly, it will alert you to any further problems.
If, after carefully cleaning and lubricating each moving part of your high lift garage door, the door is still not moving smoothly or evenly, or if it is still making an unpleasantly loud screeching or grinding sound, it's time to call us.
At Above & Beyond Garage Doors, we're experts at identifying, diagnosing and correcting any manner of malfunction your garage door might have. Improper maintenance for garage doors can be dangerous, as it could cause the door to fall or close unexpectedly, so it's important to call a professional when necessary. If you have any doubts about your ability to perform a garage door repair yourself, there's no shame in getting the experts to do it for you!
Vertical lift garage door repairs
No one wants their garage door to break! Unfortunately, it happens from time to time. Whether it's due to lack of routine maintenance or an unexpected reason such as a natural disaster, you may at some point need to make repairs to your high lift garage door.
Don't put off fixing your high lift garage door. Inaction could lead to more damage, not only to the high lift garage door itself but also to your car(s) and other items stored within the garage. Additionally, putting off repairs could cause a dangerous situation if the door were to fall unexpectedly. You have a high lift garage door because you care about cars – so don't risk putting them, or yourself, in danger.
If your high lift garage door is in need of repair, call us today for a consultation and to schedule an appointment. Whether it's a serious problem or a minor one, we'll be able to have your high lift garage door back in tip-top shape in no time at all – leaving you more time to focus on your cars.